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“A treat for art wonks”

National Gallery of Denmark
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The National Gallery of Denmark is a living museum - located in Copenhagen - with a unique collection of Danish and international art. It is the only museum in Denmark where you can enjoy a tour of 700 years of art history and also experience the nation's largest collection of Danish art from the eighteenth century to today's cutting-edge contemporary art. The museum provides guided tours, workshops for children, live performances, concerts and much more. When you purchase a one-day ticket, you get unlimited access to all permanent displays, special exhibitions, the Bookshop, the Café. Visiting the Children's Workshop will cost an additional fee of DKK 30. Adults: DKK 110 Under 30: DKK 85 Under 18: Free 1 adult + 1 child: DKK 90 Annual pass holders: Free Groups (10+): DKK 100 per person
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“A treat for art wonks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

Not one of the 'big' museums in Europe for sure, but an interesting, cosy and quite modern place with an intriguing modern art collection (be sure to check out the surrealists) and, if you're into it, a huge collection of classical Nordic paintings.

Visited September 2012
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“Krazy for Kunst”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

I was in Copenhagen last week on business, running one of our 'Disaster Management for Business" courses, and decided to catch the Matisse Exhibit at the National Gallery of Denmark or Statens Museum for Kunst. It stays open late on Wednesdays. The show was excellent, and the rest of the Gallery was superb. They have a great collection of European painters from the 1300's up to the modern era, organized chronologically. Plus a very nice cafeteria overlooking a small pond. It was very easy to get to - Bus 26 from anywhere downtown - and both the bus and museum entrance were free, courtesy of the Copenhagen Card. Next time I am in CPH, I am definitely going back.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great art collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

This museum has a very good collection of old and new Danish artworks, and is quite easy to get to from the city centre. It has a nice cafe too.

Visited July 2012
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“Excellent Danish collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Go on a Sunday, when this museum is free. It is not crowded.

This museum, housed in a classic building with a lovely modern addition, is strictly art and sculpture.

It has a nice European collection, beginning with early medieval religious paintings, and works its way through classic landscapes and portraits, including a few "name" artists, to a really silly and strained modern art collection. We were not the only visitors rolling our eyes and racing through this section. most of the pieces came off as if the artists were just trying too hard, and had passed the threshold of interesting into desperation. Don't even waste your time on this section.

The museum also has a comprehensive collection of Danish art, some excellent, some placed there simply because they were Danish. I particularly a gallery devoted to Christoffer Eckersberg, with more space following for works by his students. I had not heard of him before, but his paintings were really exquisite, both portraits and landscapes, and his students' less formal style was enjoyable as well.

I would say to start with the Danish collection, because you will see artists you are totally unfamiliar with, while the European collection is "more of the same" that you can see in any European museum.

The French gallery was very small and kind of meh.

Cafeteria downstairs was very pretty, colorful, and airy, if a bit pricey, and had a nice view. We paid about $20USD for a couple of hot chocolates and a tea.

Visited September 2012
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“A huge and interesting collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

I am no particular fan of art, but since the gallery was free to visit and it was heavily raining outside, I decided to give it a go. I was happily surprised by what I found. The building itself is vast and organised in so many sections, you can get lost in that maze. The collections strike a balance between local Danish art, Scandinavian painters and European ones. I found out about painters whose names I had never heard but whose beautiful paintings I have instantly liked. (e.g. Dahl, 19th century). We were also surprised to see artworks from Matisse, who's a French painter from Nice, where we lived as children.
All in all, a very rich and varied collection.

Visited July 2012
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